Each of the three days will have a different focus, starting first with a deep dive into the “raging beauty” of the Beats, which inspired Dylan’s own writing while reshaping our view of art, politics, religion, and sexuality.
The second day’s focus will shift to an exploration of road stories in American history, music, and art, with panels and keynotes that examine the Rolling Thunder Revue, the art of being on the road, and the way our experiences of the open road are shaped by race, gender, and sexuality.
On the final day, we’ll widen our focus to explore the broader contexts and legacies of the Beat movement both within and beyond Dylan’s music, looking at everything from obscenity trials and protest movements to blues, jazz, and rock.
The symposium will take place at the Henry Zarrow Center for Arts & Education, 124 E Reconciliation Way, Tulsa, OK, 74103. We will provide regular announcements about keynote sessions and events on this site and across our social media channels.